Baked Delicata Squash with Lime Butter


This baked delicata squash is tender and sweet, with edible skin. Delicata is an heirloom squash that's creamy yellow with green stripes on the outside and slightly sweet orange flesh — it's my favorite. My sister suggested this lime butter topping (my personal favorite), but a blend of maple syrup and butter is good too. Delicata squash are usually not very big, so plan on two servings per squash.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 2 delicata squash, halved and seeded

  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder, or to taste

  • ½ teaspoon lime zest (Optional)

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place squash, skin-side up, into a large baking dish. Fill the dish with 1/4 inch water.

  2. Bake in the preheated oven until squash pierces easily with a fork, about 30 minutes.

  3. When the squash is almost finished, blend butter with lime juice and chili powder in a small bowl. Mix in lime zest, salt, and pepper.

  4. Remove squash from the oven, flip, and spoon butter mixture into the cavities. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

166 Calories
9g Fat
23g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 166
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 75mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 26mg 128%
Calcium 76mg 6%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 768mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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